Five people were rescued after a tugboat overturned Tuesday in the Mississippi River near Uptown New Orleans, Port of New Orleans officials said.
The accident was reported about 9:30 a.m. near the Louisiana Avenue Wharf, the Coast Guard said.
Port spokesman Matt Gresham identified the tugboat as the Kristin Alexis. He said all crew members were accounted for. Four were rescued by a passing tugboat and a fifth was rescued by a ship.
There were no reports of injuries.
The capsized tug is owned by Marquette Transportation of Harahan.
Gresham said the accident was under investigation and officials are trying to determine whether the wake from a passing ship was a factor in the tug’s capsizing.
River traffic was not affected by the accident, and there were no reports of environmental effects, Gresham said.
An oil spill response organization and a response vessel were called to the scene as part of standard response procedures, Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said.
A salvage operation was expected to begin Wednesday.